Grateful Dead Live at Carousel Ballroom on 1968-02-14
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
This show has been commercially released as "Road Trips Vol 2.2"
d1t01 - Morning Dew
d1t02 - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
d1t03 - Dark Star ->
d1t04 - China Cat Sunflower ->
d1t05 - The Eleven ->
d1t06 - Turn On Your Lovelight
d1t07 - Stage Announcements
d1t08 - That's It For The Other One ->
d1t09 - New Potato Caboose ->
d1t10 - Born Cross-Eyed ->
d1t11 - Spanish Jam
d2t01 - Alligator ->
d2t02 - Drums ->
d2t03 - Alligator ->
d2t04 - Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) ->
d2t05 - Feedback
d2t06 - In The Midnight Hour
d2t07 - Stage/Radio Announcements
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|Good Morning Little Schoolgirl|
|Dark Star ->|
|China Cat Sunflower ->|
|The Eleven ->|
|Turn On Your Lovelight|
|That's It For The Other One ->|
|New Potato Caboose ->|
|Born Cross-Eyed ->|
|Spanish Jam ->|
|Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)->|
|In The Midnight Hour|
-- Disc change is seamless
-- This is a remastering of shnid=89437 (Thanks to all involved)
-- Fixed the patch in Alligator Jam, fixed levels and corrected DC Offset
-- Patch source pitch corrected in Cool Edit Pro v2.0
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones, Pat Lee and Matt Smith for their help
-- Thanks to the kind folks at DNC for their input on this project
- 2008-04-03 13:34:10
- FLAC -> Samplitude Professional v10.02 -> FLAC
- San Francisco, CA
- This show has been commercially released as "Road Trips Vol 2.2"
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Carousel Ballroom
That out of the way, it's my subjective opinion that this is one of the greatest sets ever played. Or it's my favorite of the Jan/Feb 68 tapes anyway (with the Alligator sequence from 2/24 up there with this one). It's also my opinion that the Miller source is a fine substitute if you don't have the official. But I still reach for the official every time.
Subject: Crisp recording, historic performance
That out of the way, this was an important gig in the history of the band and the SF scene, when the top echelon bands took ownership of their own performance space, literally, and did some amazing things with it, even if the business plan was doomed. The recording quality is remarkable for that time, and it's exciting to listen to them when they were still gestating some of the best material in their catalog that had yet to appear on record.
Subject: Great 1st Set, '68-stylee
The 1st Set of this home show is great, classic '68. The second is below average for '68. If you are looking for early '68 also try: 2-23-68, 2-24-68 & 3-16-68. You'll recognize several snippets in this show that were taken for Anthem of the Sun.
1st Set. The whole set is great. In particular the Morning Dew, and a highly entertaining Dark Star>China Cat>The Eleven. Joe McDonald guests on the verses for China Cat.
2nd Set. The Other One is typical of the era and the set peaks with a winning New Potato. After that it declines down to a sour Midnight Hour (save a solid-enough Alligator).
1st Set: A
2nd Set: C-
Overall = 3¼ stars
SOURCES: There are places where the miller_89676 is better than Road Trips vol 2 #2. In particular, Jer's guitar is less snarling on the official release in some places, though clearer in the mix on others. Unlike the miller, the official is discontinuous between New Potato>Born Cross-Eyed, and several minutes of chatter are cut between Spanish Jam>Alligator & Feedback>Midnight Hour. It does have the complete beginning of Schoolgirl. The miller, however, is re-pitched and does a much better job of patching & pitching Alligator. Disc 1 of the official release runs slightly fast, needing -1% pitch correction. Disc 2 is slightly slow, needing +1% until the patch @12:48 in Alligator. It then runs very slow, needing +3% through Feedback. Midnight Hour then runs too fast, needing -2%. The 2nd Set was FM broadcast and commonly circulated.
Subject: Who is singing China Cat?
Subject: Valentines Day 47 years ago!
Subject: free music!
Subject: You listen to it by buying it...
Subject: how do you listen to this show?
by the way, i was at this show. i remember it. vaguely anyway. i remember staring up at jerry as he played his guitar and thinking wow fucking cool man and he staring down at the crowd with that jerry look he sometimes had almost as if to say where the fuck am i at today anybody know
country joe was cool too back then he was just as popular if not more so than the dead because of grace janis sweet martha feel like i'm fixing to die and more.
hopefully somebody can tell me how to access this show. no rating until then, although if i go by back then it's a high five.
Subject: if this isn't a five star performace, what is?
Subject: smokin early dead
Subject: Primal Dead!
The more I listen to '68, the more I want to build my time machine, so I can experience these mind-blowing songs first-hand, with a couple thousand other heads, drinking the Kool-Aid. That's right, not to the birth of mankind, but to right here: San Fran, February 14, 1968.
Great sound as always from Charlie Miller, but now it looks like I'm gonna have to go order the new Road Trips. For as good as the sound is here, I can't wait to check out the HDCD 8-track version.
Subject: there is an expansive feeling... 5 easy
one of the shows from this year that makes you think... this is the ESSENCE of IT ALL.....
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Subject: Live Anthem of the Sun: Dick’s Picks worthy--6 stars!
The second set is the Anthem of the Sun live: the complete album with the order of the songs as on the album. In fact, much of this show was used on Anthem of the Sun. Plus, a Spanish Jam thrown in for good measure.
If it were just the second set, this would be a great show. But the first set is also great. It starts with typically Morning Dew of the period, with Pigpen’s keyboard supplying the groundwork for the Jerry-Phil-Bob jam. Dark Star, still less than two months old at this point, and still a short, but it’s tight. DS goes into China Cat (they hadn’t written St. Stephan yet for between Dark Star and the Eleven. This is pretty rare, as the played China Cat in this sequence only for a few months before dropping it for St. Stephen. I love the sound of this China Cat, fast and raw and together, with Jerry really in the zone. It then takes off into the Eleven. Driving with energy, Pigpen’s organ pushes the Eleven along. It’s also clean and tight with great vocals. The Eleven resolves neatly into Turn on Your Lovelight, continuing the force of the set. This is only the second time they played Lovelight, but it’s a dandy.
Jerry dedicates the second set to the memory of Neal Cassady (“Cowboy Neal”), who had died the previous week. A fitting dedication. Then comes a nearly perfect Anthem of the Sun set, and it’s easy to see why they used it on the album. Cryptical>Other One is pure dynamite, and crips and clean and tight, the way performances of Passenger from 1977 are tight—everything is in the right place.
One thing great about this show is that the transitions are smooth and flawless, including the one into New Potato. This features some artful improvising by Phil after the vocals. Jerry lets Phil go at it alone and then comes in with some rhythm guitar licks, slowly building in intensity. It’s masterful. The rarely performed Born Cross-Eyed is a natural capper, but the action doesn’t end here. After all this energy, the Dead go into a spacy, long Spanish Jam that ebbs and flows, and evolves in mood.
Pigpen’s vocal isn’t loud enough in Alligator, but the Alligator jam is fabulous. Following Jerry in this jam is like following Coltrane. Things then speed up for Caution, and the Dead go off into another zone altogether. Caution and feedback are inspired, building to controlled chaos before receding into nothingness.
There are a few different versions of this show here at archive. This is the best, with a patch of the cut in the Alligator jam.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" February 14,1968 at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
5 stars for the mix
5 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance
5 stars for Charlie Miller, Joe B. Jones, Pat Lee and Matt Smith
A "MUST HAVE" for all collectors of 1968 GRATEFUL DEAD. I highly recommend adding this to your 1968 collection.
Sounds like some tracks (Drums, Alligator) were used on "Anthem of the Sun". " Come on everybody get up and dance we want to ruin ya" <----off of Anthem...
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Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love.
PS: Click on Charlie Miller's name and collect all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, he has impeccable taste.
1968 was a stellar year and this show is one of the highlights.
Subject: Forty Years Plus And Still Shining Bright
Subject: A true classic among the giants.
Just soak it in......it's all so pure. It bristles electric.
Subject: 100 pts
Nice upgrade here, sure wish alot of '69 files sounded this crispy...